Apple and Google settle their smartphone patent fight

A court battle over smartphone patents between Apple and Motorola Mobility that began back in 2010 has now ended pretty quietly. The two sides jointly announced late on Friday they had settled their differences.

Reuters reports that there are few public details about the settlement, but it does not involve a cross-licensing agreement between Apple and Motorola.  However, the two companies have "agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple four years ago, claiming that the company had violated 18 of its patents in its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, along with certain Mac computers. The lawsuit was filed before Motorola was acquired by Google. Apple later claimed Motorola had infringed on several of its patents in its Android smartphones.

In June 2012, a federal judge dismissed the cases, ruling that neither Apple nor Motorola had enough evidence to prove their points. However, an appeals court revived the case just a few weeks ago. There's no word on what caused the two sides to finally end their dispute.

In January, Google announced it will be selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, although it will be holding onto most of Motorola's patents.

Source: Reuters | Patent image via Shutterstock

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Chinese users are the most benefited ones... Then can get cheap, expensive alternate hardware of the Original one :p, what ever they wish :(

Ultimate looser are the users.. Every device now coming to market, have to be launched with more research in finding if it had violated any patent or not, rather than actual research in building one :p

Choto Cheeta said,
Ultimate looser are the users.. Every device now coming to market, have to be launched with more research in finding if it had violated any patent or not, rather than actual research in building one :p
Yet at the same time the winners are the users too.. As without it, it's more and more suites to block the import/sale of devices because they may or maynot have broken some patent.

Google wants no part of this patent war, and with good reason.. Just look at Samsung, every time they go to court they lose more and more ground.

Not agreeing with the system or anything, but it is what it is.. and most companies are best off staying clear, or be stuck there for years.

Ryoken said,
Google wants no part of this patent war, and with good reason.. Just look at Samsung, every time they go to court they lose more and more ground.

Not agreeing with the system or anything, but it is what it is.. and most companies are best off staying clear, or be stuck there for years.

Samsung just draws it out. By the time a device gets banned, it isn't being sold anymore.

Ryoken said,
Google wants no part of this patent war, and with good reason.

The best way for them to stay out of the patent wars is for them to stop stealing other people's work.

Major_Plonquer said,

The best way for them to stay out of the patent wars is for them to stop stealing other people's work.

Never stopped Apple so why should it stop anyone else?

The real fix is fixing or better yet, nuking the patent system.

adrynalyne said,

Never stopped Apple so why should it stop anyone else?

The real fix is fixing or better yet, nuking the patent system.

Proof? Remind us please which company is paying fines to who? And for what reason?...

Astra.Xtreme said,

Proof? Remind us please which company is paying fines to who? And for what reason?...

Proof? Seriously?

You are purposely looking the other way if you think Apple hasn't done the same.

Let's start with the most basic.

Xerox. Multi-touch. They even blatantly claimed they invented it.

It has nothing to do with who is paying what. The patent system is idiotic and does nothing but provide a way for companies and patent trolls to make money.

I urge you to watch the video from TED on this.

Everything is a Remix

adrynalyne said,

Never stopped Apple so why should it stop anyone else?

The real fix is fixing or better yet, nuking the patent system.

Apple and Microsoft have a cross-licensing agreement. This allows Apple to use, for example, FAT. Google uses FAT in Android but never paid a license fee.

Major_Plonquer said,

Apple and Microsoft have a cross-licensing agreement. This allows Apple to use, for example, FAT. Google uses FAT in Android but never paid a license fee.

What makes you think I was talking Apple vs. Microsoft?